Our talented Main Stage artists may already have your attention, but the artists you should discover are on our Superlounge stages. Each selected artist brings their own version of star power to their sets. Whether you are looking for modern day hip-hop from Wale, live music from Esperanza Spalding’s set or to vibe out to the smooth sounds of SZA, our Superlounge artists have got it covered.

One artist in particular is an independent break out star. This year, #EssenceFest asked Pennsylvania native, Avery*Sunshine to return. After rave reviews from her debut #EssenceFest performance in 2013, we had to have her back. Now that we are less than two weeks away, Ms. Sunshine called into Pennsylvania’s Old School 100.3 radio station to tell the listeners in her hometown how excited she is for her comeback performance.

When asked about what it means to return to NOLA with us, Avery replied, “It is definitely is a platform that you pray for as a woman who has experienced and who wants to share the experience, if that makes any sense.”

She added, “I’m going through a divorce, being the single mom of two for so long and now reconnecting with my children’s father in a healthy way, with his companion right now… You never know what your families are going to look like… Having that platform… is an amazing opportunity and experience.”

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Check out the full interview, below.



Don’t miss Avery*Sunshine on Sunday July 3 with Lalah Hathaway and more. Tickets are available, here!